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Building Safety (15 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The Secretary of State is well aware of the messy and as yet unresolved situation of New Capital Quay in Greenwich and the plight of leaseholders. Last week the community found out about another development in Greenwich with dangerous cladding on some of the towers. I will not go into the details, but how on earth, nine months on, are we still finding out about additional private freehold...

Exiting the European Union: Support for Manufacturers (15 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The EEF—the voice of UK manufacturing and engineering—as well as ADS Group Limited, the CBI, the Institute of Directors and trade unions welcome Labour’s call for the negotiation of a comprehensive new UK-EU customs union post Brexit. Can the Minister name any significant manufacturing organisation or association that is on record as stating that either of the...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: It was a year ago yesterday that this House voted overwhelmingly to give the Prime Minister the authority to trigger article 50. It is almost a year since she did so and nearly 20 months since the referendum result that set that process in train. The Government accepted the EU timetable, and while the cut-off point might ultimately slip by a week or even two, the draft withdrawal agreement,...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I thank the right hon. Lady for her intervention. We do need to be honest about this. An issue of this magnitude and importance is bound to create different views in all parties, but I would argue that the divisions on the Labour Benches are nothing like the fundamental divisions in the Cabinet and on the Government Benches. Certainly, the divisions on our side are not preventing legislation...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I just want to make a bit of progress, if that is okay. The Prime Minister’s Mansion House speech on 2 March was as much an attempt to muffle those divisions as it was to provide clarity on the Government’s vision of the end-state relationship. To be fair, it was a more serious and detailed speech than those that had gone before, and it was pleasingly devoid of empty...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. I could not have put it better myself. The theme of today’s debate is international trade. The sections relating to customs were arguably the least convincing parts of the Prime Minister’s speech. In contrast to other areas, there was no attempt to engage with the hard truths about what leaving the customs union will mean for the UK, and...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The hon. Lady has great expertise in this area, but I think she has slightly misjudged the fact, as I understand it, that that is not about customs, but about the elements that make up the single market. We have said that we would seek, in principle, to negotiate protections, clarifications or exemptions where necessary, but I cannot imagine a situation in which those exemptions would be...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I will make a bit of progress. FTAs with the BRIC countries would be worth just over 2%. Any such trade deals, even if they could be secured reasonably quickly, would in all likelihood also involve detrimental trade-offs and compromises in standards and regulations with which the British public would rightly take issue.

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I thank my hon. Friend. That is certainly the fear. I read the same analysis that he did—I had to surrender my phone to do so and then found that it had been released publicly a week later—and it does say in several places that there are opportunities to deregulate. Perhaps the Minister can tell us why those things are being modelled and to what they might refer. One has only to...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I simply do not think that that stacks up. I listened to Sir Martin’s comments very carefully, and I am not sure that he was referring to that. However, if the hon. Gentleman makes a speech, I will be personally interested in hearing his points.

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I am going to make progress, as lots of people want to speak. A sensible, pragmatic Government focused on the economic interests of the country would adjust their policy accordingly and consider the option of a new, comprehensive customs union along the lines that Labour has suggested. Importantly, so would any Government committed, as this Government are under the terms of the phase 1...

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I am just coming to a close. The draft withdrawal agreement merely needs to include a political declaration on the future relationship—that is, its broad outlines—with the details to be hammered out after the UK has left the EU.

Point of Order: [Day 1] (14 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I will not give way. But the Irish border issue is an integral part of the withdrawal agreement. Without a solution to it, it is very difficult to imagine how the Government secure an orderly exit deal or a transition period, let alone a post-Brexit trade deal.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Silvertown Tunnel (12 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the authority is for contractors working on behalf of Transport for London to conduct preparatory Silvertown Tunnel bore hole drilling works in Bugsbys Reach in advance of a decision on development consent for the proposed Silvertown Tunnel.

Fire Safety and Cladding — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (6 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Croydon North (Mr Reed) on securing this timely debate and on his wider efforts to co-ordinate Members who are concerned that the Government should step up and do more. Two hundred and sixty-four days have now passed since we watched flames engulf the Grenfell tower block in north Kensington, yet on private freehold developments across the country...

National Planning Policy Framework (5 Mar 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I welcome the push for simplification and increased transparency on viability assessments, but it is hard to see what they will do for London boroughs such as Greenwich, where the publication of such assessments is already mandatory. At the heart of this matter is the issue of developer returns. Given the scale of the housing crisis in London, does the Secretary of State really think it is...

Syria: De-Escalation Zones (26 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: The pro-Assad media organisation al-Watan yesterday reported, unequivocally, that Russian jets were involved in striking targets in Ghouta. Is it the Foreign Secretary’s understanding that in recent days Russian jets have struck targets and broken the ceasefire that the Security Council called for just on Saturday, in its resolution?

Backbench Business: Child Poverty: London (22 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate. She mentions families; does she agree that there is a particular problem for single-parent families? According to the charity Gingerbread, 47% of them live in relative poverty. That is the household type that has been hit hardest by welfare reform. It needs a particular kind of support, such as with childcare.

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: It is a pleasure to wind up for the Opposition and to see you in the Chair, Mr Gapes. I join other hon. Members in congratulating the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) on securing this debate and on the considered way in which he framed the issue. The Labour party has continually made clear that we want to seek a deal with the European Union that secures all the benefits of the...

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Matthew Pennycook: I disagree, because I do not see a transitional arrangement on those terms as an extension of membership; we would lose our voting rights and our representation in the European Parliament. However, that is the only transitional arrangement on offer, and the one that the hon. Gentleman is suggesting is not a serious possibility. Also, as I have said, it would involve two points of disruption...

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